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Alcohol policy

Policy overview

eBay doesn't allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on its Canadian website. We also allow the sale of some collectible containers. Members outside of Canada aren't allowed to sell alcohol to members residing in Canada.

Make sure your listings and products follow our guidelines. If they don't, they may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

Keep in mind that these alcohol restrictions apply only to items for sale on the Canadian eBay website (eBay.ca). Alcohol may be sold on international eBay sites as permitted by local law. Please check the rules of each eBay website to find out more. Members residing in Canada aren't allowed to purchase alcohol from members residing outside of Canada.

What are the guidelines?

Alcohol and alcohol kits

Allowed

Allowed

  • Beer/wine making kits

  • Foods with alcoholic ingredients and flavouring (such as liquor-filled chocolates, rum cake, and other items) as long as the item complies with our food policy

  • Hops, seeds for hops, and other raw materials to make beer or wine

  • Non-alcoholic or de-alcoholized beer and wine

Restricted

Allowed in some situations

  • Empty alcohol bottles and containers (images in the listing or product must show item is empty)

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Wine, Beer or Alcohol of any kind

  • Liquor licenses

Alcohol-related collectibles

eBay permits the sale of alcohol related collectables and memorabilia, including bottle openers, wine racks, and empty wine, liquor, and beer containers. Each of the following conditions must be met in order to list empty alcohol containers on our website:

  • The value of the item is in the collectible container, not its contents.

  • The container is empty (images in the listing must show item is empty).

  • Both the buyer and the Pre-approved Seller ensure that the sale complies with all applicable laws and shipping regulations in their province or territory of residence.

We suggest copying and pasting the above disclaimer directly into your listing.

Allowed

Allowed

Alcohol-related memorabilia, including empty wine, liquor, and beer containers.

Restricted 

Allowed in some situations

Empty alcohol bottles and containers (images in the listing or product must show item is empty).

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Collectible wine containers if they still contain any alcoholic content.

  • Alcohol products intended or appropriate for human consumption.

  • Collectible containers that contain alcohol while the item description includes information about the container's contents or implies the alcohol is consumable.

  • Collectible beer and liquor containers if they still contain any alcoholic content.

  • Open containers of alcohol.

We want to make sure buyers and sellers understand and follow all of the laws and regulations on the sale of alcohol in their province or territory of residence. Certain alcoholic products are prohibited by law and could harm members so those items can't be sold on eBay.

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